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Nellie Longsworth papers

 Collection 0369-MDHC

Nellie Longsworth is a pioneer in advocating for historic preservation. She was a founder and served for 22 years as the first President of Preservation Action. She taught in the Master of Historic Preservation graduate program at the University of Pennsylvania along with other schools in the area. As a consultant, she dealt with government affairs and the interaction of public policy and historic preservation. Her papers, which cover the period 1960 to 2012, includes committee files, correspondence, course material, directories, minutes, personal records, plans, reports, studies and working papers from throughout her career.

A preliminary inventory for this collection is available and can be found in the "Additional Description" section of this finding aid.


  • 1960-2012
  • Majority of material found within 1990-2010

Use and Access to Collection

This collection is unprocessed. This means that materials are in the same state we received them and have not been reviewed for content or condition. The collection may need to be screened prior to use. Please contact us before visiting the Special Collections reading room to view this collection.

Duplication and Copyright Information

Photocopies of original materials may be provided for a fee and at the discretion of the curator. Please see our Duplication of Materials policy for more information. Queries regarding publication rights and copyright status of materials within this collection should be directed to the appropriate curator.


28.50 Linear Feet

Guide to the Nellie Longsworth papers
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Finding aid written in English.

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

University of Maryland Libraries
Hornbake Library
4130 Campus Drive
College Park Maryland 20742